Average Bench: 242% (13th of 927)

Based on 285 user benchmarks.  Model: Samsung SSD 970 EVO 250GB

The 970 Evo is Samsung’s third generation NVMe PCIe SSD for high-end consumers and professionals alike. It employs the latest Samsung Phoenix controller and their latest version of TLC 3D NAND (now 64-layers) which is cheaper but with slightly lower endurance and weaker write consistency than the MLC NAND found in the 970 Pro. The 970 Evo comes in a M.2 form factor and four sizes: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB. The $120 250GB 970 Evo has an advertised sequential read speed of up to 3400 MB/s (200MB/s faster than the 250GB 960 Evo) and a sequential write speed of 1500 MB/s which drops to 300 MB/s once the 13Gb of SLC cache has been exhausted (this is similar to the sustained write performance on the 960 Evo). Further benchmarks are required before we can attest to its overall performance in the real world. The anticipated modest performance improvement between generations is expected to maintain Samsung’s front running as the premium SSD brand. Samsung now offers a warranty of 5 years across the suite of 970 SSDs and specifically a generous write endurance of 150 TBW on the 250 GB 970 Evo, thereby challenging the need for the 970 Pro MLC variant. [May '18 SSDrivePro]


Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB averaged 142.0% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,484MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 1,452MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 81.1%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 251MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 234MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 285 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,542 Read 2,484 2,912
1,128 Write 1,192 1,236
1,200 Mixed 1,452 1,578
376% 1,709 MB/s
Min Avg Max
35.2 4K Read 54 62.7
60.2 4K Write 106 138
27.2 4K Mixed 45.3 64.4
196% 68.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
47.9 DQ Read 251 580
93.3 DQ Write 234 412
25.1 DQ Mixed 94.1 217
111% 193 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
66GB free
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,775
Write 1,218
Mixed 1,495
401% 1,829 MB/s
4K Read 61.7
4K Write 138
4K Mixed 68
254% 89.1 MB/s
DQ Read 558
DQ Write 403
DQ Mixed 35.2
147% 332 MB/s
185GB free
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,666
Write 1,236
Mixed 1,358
385% 1,753 MB/s
4K Read 66.3
4K Write 160
4K Mixed 40.1
237% 88.9 MB/s
DQ Read 71.4
DQ Write 449
DQ Mixed 39.9
96% 187 MB/s
119GB free
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,427
Write 1,221
Mixed 1,441
373% 1,696 MB/s
4K Read 56.2
4K Write 113
4K Mixed 57.4
219% 75.7 MB/s
DQ Read 356
DQ Write 262
DQ Mixed 139
150% 253 MB/s
211GB free
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,542
Write 1,212
Mixed 1,498
385% 1,751 MB/s
4K Read 51.8
4K Write 105
4K Mixed 48.6
196% 68.3 MB/s
DQ Read 238
DQ Write 181
DQ Mixed 96.2
103% 172 MB/s
114GB free
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,383
Write 1,215
Mixed 1,403
367% 1,667 MB/s
4K Read 57.8
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 49.3
210% 72.9 MB/s
DQ Read 59.5
DQ Write 99.8
DQ Mixed 31
37% 63.5 MB/s
145GB free
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,223
Write 1,219
Mixed 1,324
350% 1,589 MB/s
4K Read 58.4
4K Write 133
4K Mixed 35
204% 75.6 MB/s
DQ Read 63.8
DQ Write 147
DQ Mixed 35.8
47% 82.3 MB/s
130GB free
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,435
Write 1,221
Mixed 1,488
378% 1,715 MB/s
4K Read 54.1
4K Write 101
4K Mixed 27.9
171% 60.9 MB/s
DQ Read 50.5
DQ Write 102
DQ Mixed 24
33% 59 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 6,791,829 SSDs tested.


AmazonUS $11027 mins
BHPhotoUS $11011 hrs
NeweggUS $1104 hrs
EbayUS $1231 min
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Gaming 132%
Desktop 134%
Workstation 122%

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $192

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 100% - Outstanding Total price: $1,639

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